Hot topic – Nuclear crisis brings back memories from Bodega Head
In the wake of nuclear meltdowns in Japan, local residents remembered that PG&E came very close to building a nuclear power plant on Bodega Head in the 1960s on what they maintained was an inactive fault, the San Andreas.
Joe Henley, Freestone area – “I am amazed that we think we can figure out what’s coming next from nature. The hubris to think this could never happen. I am very glad it was stopped here. We humans screw up constantly. Three Mile Island and Chernobyl were both human error.”
Laura Gildart Sauter, former Bodega resident – “I’m so glad a dedicated group of individuals stopped the building of a nuclear power plant on Bodega Head all those years ago. I don’t think nuclear plants can ever be safe until they figure out a way to eliminate the spent fuel rod problem. It’s insane to store something that has, what, 10,000 years of dangerous radioactivity left.”
Jim Bowen, owner of Bill’s Farm Basket in Sebastopol – “We need to learn to survive with less electricity, become more self-sufficient. There is no fail safe for a nuclear plant. I’m gratified it was stopped here at Bodega Head. Because of concerns of radioactivity reaching us from the Japanese meltdown, my customers have asked me to order iodine tablets, seaweed and miso because it’s supposed to counteract the effects.”
Evelyn Casini, Bodega resident – “Of course we’re all happy the nuclear plant was stopped here. Japan didn’t stop it, and they, of all people, knew what nuclear energy could do. It’s just not safe enough. We just leave things alone.”